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August 28, 2016




‘There were a lot of things that ran in families, but murder wasn’t one of them ..

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case, one that she has no business investigating. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kind of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for …


First of all I would like to congratulate Val McDermid on her 30th novel. This certainly calls for something to celebrate by Val McDermid and her followers.  A brilliant author as always I loved every page of Out Of Bounds. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie and Detective Constable Murray are attached to Police Scotland’s Historic Case Unit. A Land Rover somersaulted over a roundabout. All three passengers dead. The driver is still alive, but in a coma. The DNA taken from the driver is connected to a twenty-year-old murder, but there are enough twists here to keep all Val McDermid fans and new fans gripped tight. In the past I have had nightmares with some the books that I have read by Val McDermid, I do wonder if any of her ideas for novels come to her in her dreams. To add to this spine-chilling novel Out Of Bounds there is a bonus short story at the back of the book.

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